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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 5, 2007 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anyone listen to cassettes anymore?

last summer on a nice sunny weekend I dragged boxes and boxes and boxes of tapes out to my porch and put them all in order. I had a blast bringing back memories. Some are actually quite good while most are only good for sentimental reasons. One exception - I have a bunch of Hot Tuna that I'm wishing I could convert to CD because you can't get them ANYWHERE. Why is this? I understand that they put the crack down on DL's but not even torrents? Anyone know what kind of sound card I need to plug a tape deck into my PC? I have a standalone but it keeps crapping out.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Jan 5, 2007 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anyone listen to cassettes anymore?

I have been researching soundcards and USB converters for the past 2 months.

To archive your tapes, I think that you should get a Juli@ soundcard by ESI. It has RCA inputs and outputs, and is reportedly a very good card for the money. It runs approx. $300. After that, there are several programs that you can use, many of them free, to get the signal into .wav format and then to track it out and splice out the tape flip. It's expensive, but it's the best deal out there from what I can find.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 5, 2007 3:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anyone listen to cassettes anymore?

$300????????? Forget that! I can't justify that kind of money in the first place - kids, bills, etc. Especially for just a small handful of tapes worth converting. No reason to do my Dead when they can all be gotten somewhere else. Mainly I would want to convert stuff I can't get like the Tuna I mentioned, some Cippollina stuff, two killer tapes of Jorma's brother Peter, and a handful of Bluegrass stuff that is DSBD>to my cassette so sound sweet. Forget what else but the majority of my tapes are Dead which I wouldn't bother with. If it costs that much I'd be better off getting another standalone audio burner for way cheaper than that. Thanks for the reply though.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Jan 5, 2007 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anyone listen to cassettes anymore?

Yep, $300. Otherwise, the digital copies you make will be kinda crappy. I have archived cassettes through the microphone input on my laptop, but there is some hum and clicks, and you really don't want that. It may be good enough for your purposes, I don't know. Ask, and I will give you a basic run down.

For $300, you would get a digital copy that sounds just as good as the cassette. I have alot of "weird" bootlegs like you that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere, and this is the only way to go. Otherwise they ride off into the sunset never to be heard again.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 5, 2007 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anyone listen to cassettes anymore?

Well I'm thinking of just getting another Standalone. It'll have analog inputs. This should be good enough dont you think? I'm sure I can get one for less than $150. I don't need to be a recording engineer about it.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Jan 5, 2007 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anyone listen to cassettes anymore?

My friend Andy does and is coming over to my house tomorrow to show me how- please e-mail me at thomasm@adrearubin.com and I will be glad to convey back to you how to do it. My buddy bought the software and hardware and I just do not know the name of it.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 5, 2007 3:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anyone listen to cassettes anymore?

right on thanks!